Researching Crisis and Change in Human Geography MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 honours degree or above (or equivalent for overseas students) in geography or the social sciences.
Contemporary Human Geography MA

About us

School of Environmental Sciences

The thriving postgraduate community is central to the structure and strategy of the School of Environmental Sciences.

The School is located on the Liverpool University campus, close to the centre of the vibrant City of Liverpool, the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The city and the University have benefited from substantial investment in recent years, with further major investment planned for both the City’s waterfront and the University campus, where many millions are being spent on new and upgraded teaching facilities, new research facilities, and major on-campus halls of residence.

The School comprises around 70 academic staff, 50 support staff, 50 research staff, 800 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Overall, we aim to produce MSc graduates and post-graduate researchers with internationally-recognized expertise in their own field, who have an awareness of current environmental and academic research problems and are capable of applying their scientific and transferable skills to problems outside their field of training.

There are two Departments within the School:

Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences, which consists of:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology

Department of Geography and Planning, which consists of:

  • Planning
  • Geography


Geography is one of the four subject disciplines within the School of Environmental Sciences at Liverpool and offers excellent postgraduate taught and research programmes.

Taught programmes

On our taught programmes we can offer you class sizes that tend to be smaller than the norm and you’ll be well supported as you make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

The facilities here are very good and we’ve exceptional academic staff with expertise in:-

  • Geographies of Population and the Lifecourse
  • Globalisation, Development and Place
  • advanced Environmental Analytical Techniques
  • the study of Environmental and Climate Change.

Research training and education

We aim to produce researchers with strong, transferrable research skills, who are internationally recognised in their fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems.

You’ll develop your research skills primarily by completing a project under supervision. The skills you’ll gain will typically include:-

  • data collection
  • manipulation of the data
  • data interpretation and modelling
  • critical analysis
  • literature surveys
  • presentation skills, through international conferences

We’ll also encourage and train you to publish academic papers. It’s not unusual for students leave with 2-3 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Research overview

Self-learning comes first

On our postgraduate research programmes you’ll be responsible for your own learning, but within a highly supportive training framework.

Co-ordinated by the University Graduate School, this framework includes:-

  1. Supervision by named research staff members who are experts in their fields.
  2. Membership and interaction with the groups within our four research clusters.
  3. Independent monitoring of your progress.
  4. Comprehensive postgraduate training.
  5. A vigorous School research environment.
  6. Opportunities to present work within and outside the School.

Department address

The University of Liverpool
Roxby Building
L69 7XT

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 2874